Category Archives: Summer

We All Scream for Ice Cream

We All Scream for Ice Cream for RRR Sizzlin’ Summer Colors Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!  Remember this little chant from your childhood?  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I can remember jumping rope to this little ditty, throwing it in at the end of counting for hide and seek, and shouting it while my friends and I played on the swings.  It is one of those magical phrases that takes me right back to the sunny, carefree summer days of childhood.  And since the newest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is Sizzlin’ Summer Colors, I found myself grinning and reciting these playful words while making this ice cream themed card.

IcWe All Scream for Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 01I combined several ribbons from the June Ribbon Club Assortment with the fresh images and sizzlin’ summer colors of Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness paper collection.  Don’t these colors remind you of cool refreshing sherbet, Creamsicles and ice cold popsicles?  Quick, somebody bring me my flip-flops and a hula hoop!

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 02After stitching several panels of the paper onto white cardstock, I layered them up with foam dimensionals.  Then, I created a super pouftacular triple layer bow with Maize Taffeta, Tangerine Checkerboard Satin and Citrus Sheer Dots Ribbon and topped it off with a hot pink button from my stash.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 03Blackberries are my favorite summer fruit , so I added in this totes adorbs  fuchsia flowering berry pick from Petaloo.  I curled the stems around the end of my craft pick to add some fun texture to the arrangement.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 05

On the inside of this 5″ x7″ top fold card, I created a little pocket and decorated it with more fun ice cream elements from the paper collection.  There’s a little journaling card in the pocket so that a personal note can be added to the card.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 04And because I was having so much fun, I decorated above the fold, too, making a little tag pocket that’s also the perfect size to hold a gift card.  I added Tangerine Cross Hatch Satin to the top of my tag, and tied it off with ivory burlap string.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 06The tag is hand stamped, and the decorated with border stickers from the collection.

Be sure to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG where you’ll find more Sizzlin’ Summer inspiration, and the details for this challenge so you can join the party and share YOUR Sizzlin’ Summer creation with us.

Now, just for fun (and you know you want to, say it with me)

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Didn’t that feel just like summer?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble with RRR June Citrus Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Friends!  It’s summer…maybe not on the calendar, but here in North Carolina, the grass is growing faster than we can cut it, flowers are blooming everywhere, afternoon heat is producing almost daily thunderstorms, and the bees are buzzing about like pollen covered dirigibles!  All this summery goodness inspired me to create a little Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble using the inspiring ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon  Citrus Ribbon Assortment.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensembleby Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 01Oh, how I love these glorious ribbons!   They were the perfect playmate for this honey toned “It’s the Bee’s Knees” Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy. I began by creating a 7″ wide x 5″ tall top fold card base from kraft cardstock.  After embossing it with a honeycomb folder, I sponged it lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink and spritzed it liberally with Tattered Angels Marigold Glimmer Mist.  After this was heat dried, I splattered more mist all over the card base.  Then i was ready to build my card layers.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 06I stitched paper from the collection to a scrap of burlap fabric that I had in my stash.  This was topped with a piece of Honeycomb Maize Satin Ribbon tied in a simple square knot.  The other layers were stitched onto kraft cardstock, and then I added them to the card with foam dots.  I created a belly band by layering Tangerine Cross Hatch Ribbon over Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon.  This was such a pretty combo, that I went to work tying a spectacular double loop/triple loop bow with the same ribbons.  Then I topped them with a Burlap Wild Sunflower and a vintage button from my stash.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 05Here’s a close up of the details.  Instead of tossing my little ribbon scraps, I trimmed the ends, stapled them together and glued them under the honeybee image.  I will be sure to do this again, as it’s a great way to use those little pieces of ribbon, and it looks so cute!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 03The inside of the card contains two pockets.  One holds a fun sentiment tag, while the other holds a tea bag (lemon yellow, of course!) and a Ghiradelli chocolate square.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 04Adding just a touch of honeycomb maize satin to this tag really made it cute! And I tied my honeybee charm onto the tag with just a scrap of natural burlap string.

With phase one of the Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble completed, I could move on to phase II.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 07I was having so much fun, that I went on to create this pretty notepad holder to complete this Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble.  I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of these over the years, and they make such a nice gift!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 10After building the chipboard notebook base, I decorated it with paper from my stash, then layered on elements from the creativity kit, more Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon, some gears, and a lovely cabochon.  Just a touch of black burlap string beneath the Petaloo Burlap Sunflower made it pop off the page.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 11The inside contains a slash pocket on the left hand side, stuffed with tags and a 4″ x 6″ post it pad on the right.  Now you’ll be happy to write down your to-do list!

I need to make up a bunch of these to have on hand for last minute gifts.  Summer is such a busy time, it’s always nice to have something on hand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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